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Samsung NV100HD - Test Shots - ISO Performance

By Cliff Smith


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Over the next few pages we show a range of test shots. On this page the full size image at the minimum and maximum ISO settings have been reduced to let you see the full image, and a series of full resolution crops have taken from original images at a range of ISO settings to show the overall image quality. The pictures were taken indoors using natural light.


This is the full frame at 80 ISO.


Even at the lowest ISO setting there is visible colour mottling.


100 ISO produces very similar results.


There is visible noise at 200 ISO.


Lots of noise at 400 ISO. Some areas have completely lost colour, while others have spurious colour artifacts.


Image quality is very poor at 800 ISO, with little fine detail and lots of colour distortion. Look at the pixel-binning effect between the red and green panels on the left.


1600 ISO is the highest full-size setting.


3200 ISO is available at 3MP, but the quality is terrible.


This is the full frame at 3200 ISO.


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May 21, 2009, 7:26 am

With 14MP, this sensor size and this price the camera should be real crap. I think 5MP would be a lot nicer.


May 21, 2009, 2:50 pm

I'm still soldiering on with my 3.2MP Powershot A75! Almost no grain at higher ISOs. Remember when it was said that 6MP was all you needed for a A4 300dpi print?


May 21, 2009, 8:56 pm

Ridiculous. I would not even bother reviewing these cameras any more, not until they make some claim of image quality improvement or noise reduction or make some other technological quantum leap. I mean, it's just a complete waste of time resources.

15MP in a cr@ppy compact camera with a hole the size of Paris Hilton's brain to get the light through...ain't gonna work! Anyone would be excused for thinking the only reason they're making the MP so large is so that they sell more hard drives needed to store the images!

Cliff Smith

May 26, 2009, 10:36 pm

lifethroughalens - If I didn't review the less-than-perfect cameras, people wouldn't know not to buy them. However to be fair to Samsung, the NV100HD isn't really a "crappy compact". It is well made, has a lot of good features and performs well. It's really only that overcrowded sensor that lets it down. If it has the 10MP sensor from the NV9 ir would be a lot better.


March 8, 2013, 8:28 am

now i'm at democratic republic of congo but i need to buy a NV 100 HD

this is my adress; jeanpaulzatwa@yahoo.fr


March 8, 2013, 8:30 am

tell me how to buy a NV100HD

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